On-Site and In-School Educational Experiences
Bring your students to Boscobel or let Boscobel visit your school! Field trips and in-school experiences are available for students K-12 and are specially designed to meet all current standards and requirements.
On-Site: A Field Trip to Boscobel
On-site programming utilizes the 30-minute Station Rotation concept. Teachers choose from a menu of themed, guided activities to compose a four-themed schedule lasting up to two hours. Boscobel’s museum educator focuses on activities in an age-appropriate manner which affords a high level of student engagement.
Thematic activities, 30-minutes each:
- Boscobel Mansion Tour
The mansion dates from the early 1800s; tours are tailored to age and interest. Students are guided through the house with a museum docent as they explore what life was like in America in the early 1800s.
- Primary Sources (Documents and Artifacts)
By focusing on museum collections, students get a glimpse into the past. Use of primary sources from the Boscobel collection helps students engage with history in a way that cannot be done with a textbook. Students become detectives and analyze documents and objects, creating participation in higher-level thinking and learner-led inquiry.
- Nature and Landscape
Students will create a picture postcard inspired by Hudson River School artists and the Hudson Valley landscape as seen from the grounds of Boscobel.
- Quill It
Students will practice penmanship and gain an understanding of the technique of pen and ink in the 1800s.
- Games of the Early 19th Century
Did you know that children in the early 19th century spent most of their day doing chores? Students will discover that some games that they play today are the same games children played long ago.
- Patriots and Loyalists
Immerse your students directly into America’s War for Independence. Our Museum Educator uses engaging role-playing activities to recreate the military strategies that were used to win the War!
Woodland Trail of Discovery
Streams, bridges, gazebos, benches, scenic overlooks and more…this 1.25-mile hike is not to be missed. (Dress accordingly and practice tick prevention.)
Boscobel Audio Tour
Hear spellbinding stories of the Hudson River Valley, told by local legends such as Pete Seeger and Bobby Kennedy Jr., as you take in the breathtaking views.
Capacity: Field trips are limited to 45 students (2 classes)
Timing: Plan to spend 2-3 hours at Boscobel (includes four thematic activities, lunch* and a walk of the extensive, landscaped gardens and grounds)
*Bring your own lunch to picnic outside or you may buy a pre-made sandwich or salad on site (check availability).
In-School: Museum Out-of-the-Box
Using museum artifacts and reproductions, Boscobel’s Museum Educator visits schools with a presentation designed to offer students a unique, interactive education. The program encourages a hands-on, minds-on experience through the examination of historic objects — a practice that provides an entertaining exploration of the sciences, arts and humanities.
Patriots and Loyalists
More than half the battles of the American Revolution took place in the Hudson River Valley. Boscobel’s Patriots and Loyalists program immerses students directly into America’s War for Independence with role-playing activities designed to recreate the military strategies that were used to win the war. Gathering students at your school around and on a huge, 12-foot-long floor map of the early American colonies, Boscobel’s educator will unfold a story about the battles that changed the direction of the Revolutionary War and resulted in America gaining its independence from Great Britain. All students will role play in this program!
Now and Long Ago
In development – coming soon!
Capacity: 28 maximum students
Timing: Programs are one-hour long
Fee: $200 first program, $100 each additional
Playgroups for Children
Join us for fun, educational activities in Boscobel’s spacious, outdoor pavilion on Friday mornings, April through June. This educator-led, interactive program is designed for children, ages 1 through 5, with their parents, grandparents or caregivers. Joyful learning through nursery rhymes, songs, parachute play and storytelling will spark your little one’s curiosity and imagination.
Fridays at 10:30am
April 25, May 2, 9, 16
Learn about the history and hidden messages in popular nursery rhymes like ‘Humpty Dumpty’ and ‘Twinkle Little Star’ in this engaging playgroup focused on toddler fun from days gone by.
Discover the Hudson!
Fridays at 10:30am
May 30, June 6, 13, 20
Discover the mighty Hudson — the river that “flows two ways” — through interactive songs and games while overlooking the river itself from Boscobel’s scenic overlook.
Capacity: Limited to 12 families per session
Timing: 30 minutes of singing and play
Fee: $60 for each four-week session
For more information or to register your field trip, in-class presentation, or playgroup please contact Boscobel’s Museum Educator, Lisa DiMarzo at email@example.com or by calling 845.265.3638 x140.